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The Gothenburg Culture Festival 

The Gothenburg Culture Festival, September 1–4 ends the eventful summer season. This year the festival spreads its fully packed programme to six sites in different parts of the city: Kungstorget, Bältespännarparken, Slottsskogen, Ringön, Bergsjön and Gamlestan. Take the chance to discover a new neighbourhood, and enjoy everything from local music, circus workshops and children’s theatre, to outdoor cinema and tasty street food.

Read our guide to this year’s highlights at the Gothenburg Culture Festival.

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The Gothenburg Book Fair: Scandinavia’s largest cultural event

The 2022 edition of the annual Gothenburg Book Fair will be a grand return to the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre, after two years with mainly an online programme. In September, we can finally meet in person again, and take part in the full weekend of seminars, writers’ talks and book signings.

The themes of the fair this year are South Africa, the Climate Crisis and Crimetime, as well as on Voices from Ukraine.

This year’s big news is that the book fair continues with an evening event on September 23 – “Bokmässan by night”, with artist interviews, live podcasts, author talks, DJs and clubbing.

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New theatre plays  

In September we can look forward to a lot of awaited theatre premieres. At Folkteatern, however, “Solitarie” is already playing. Solitaire is the first showing of one of playwright Lars Norén’s last works.

On September 9, Backa teater premieres “Nationen”, which is an almost 5-hour long intense thriller. This unique venture is back after a pandemic hiatus, and is now playing until November 12.

Stadsteatern opens its autumn season with the comedy Don Juan, Sep 8–Oct 15. It will be a vibrant meeting of Molière and Mozart, with 18th-century romance, costume and wig splendour.

On September 7–11 it’s time for the seventh edition of the Gothenburg Fringe Festival. 19 venues and stages across the city showcase cutting-edge performances.

Live music shows

The amusement park Liseberg is open Fridays-Sundays until September 25. In addition to going on the summer’s last fast-paced ride, you can enjoy the many concerts on two stages: Nationalteaterns Rockorkester 1 Sep, Jakob Hellman 2 Sep, Miriam Bryant 10 Sep, and Einstürzende Neubauten 17 Sep.

The legendary Bob Dylan graces Scandinavium with his tenth concert at the arena on September 29. On September 13 you can enjoy the dreamy and atmospheric music by composer and artist Yann Tiersen at Pustervik.

Popular hitmaker Miss Li will come to Konserthuset on September 16 with her energetic live show. Mike Rosenberg is best known as the artist Passenger with the world hit “Let her go”. On September 20, he takes the stage at Trädgår’n.

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Running races x 2

The race Jubileumsloppet is a nine-year project that culminates in connection with the city of Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary. Run, jog or walk 10 km in a loop around the northern riverbank of the island Hisingen.

If you want to challenge yourself together with a group of friends, you can sign up for Lindholmenstafetten, which runs 4 × 2.5 kilometers around Lindholmen on September 22.

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Lovely autumn markets 

Autumn is harvest time! In Haga in central Gothenburg, you can visit the Farmer’s Market every Saturday until October 15. At the market producers from western Sweden sells their freshly harvested and locally produced goods. In mid-September, there is the harvest festival at Tjolöholm Castle outside Kungsbacka, south of Gothenburg.